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ME: Experts: Maine, Florida self-defense gun laws different
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People ask Andrew Robinson, a prosecutor in Franklin County, about Maine's self-defense laws all the time.

When he spoke at a Rotary Club meeting last year, most members wanted advice about defending themselves with a firearm. Similar pleas for legal counsel prompted him to distribute copies of self-defense laws at a community crime forum in January.
 

NC: N.C. self-defense law share similarities to Fla. 'Stand Your Ground' statute
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Self-defense statutes and the legal use of deadly force have dominated the news since the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Florida's much-discussed "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law allows great leeway for people to use force to defend themselves if they believe they're in imminent danger.
 

Vice President Biden joins Brady Campaign in exploiting Trayvon Martin death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Vice President Biden has waded into the Trayvon Martin controversy by calling for a national debate on gun control; meanwhile the Brady Campaign continues its shameless publicity campaign with a truly disgusting “Americans for the Freedom to Buy Skittles Without Getting Shot” petition. The Vice President seeks to capitalize politically on the teenager’s tragic death, while the Brady Campaign tries to bring in supporters and cold hard cash. While neither of these efforts should surprise anyone, it is an indication of how far the Administration and the anti-gun lobby are willing to go.
 

OK: Gun Advocates Debate Language Of Proposed Open-Carry Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But that's when things took a twist on Thursday when the state senate's public safety committee replaced the bill with a non-permit based bill that would only require a training course.

"It's a pretty short bill that simply says individuals, without needing a self-defense act license, may open-carry a handgun if they've gone through the instructional program," said O'Shea.

And O'Shea thinks there are some key parts that are missing from the bill.

"It doesn't have any language about preempting municipal disorderly misconduct ordinances, which have been used I think abusively in other states, to harass lawful open carriers," said O'Shea.
 

More Dead-End Demagoguery from the Democrats
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Democrats continue to try to make political hay out of the Trayvon Martin case. The Hill reports that House Democrats–all members of the Congressional Black Caucus–are proposing a package of legislative “reforms” arising out of the Martin case:

In the wake of the slaying of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, House Democrats are drafting legislation designed to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Actually, there are plenty of laws in every state to deter and punish murder and manslaughter, if that is, in fact, what happened in the Martin case. Such statutes are a matter of state, not federal, law.
 

OK: Lawmakers look to expand gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The high-profile shooting death of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch captain has prompted rallies and protests across the country, including in Oklahoma, but state leaders say it won’t affect the push for greater gun rights in Oklahoma.

While officials in some states, like Florida, are taking a closer look at gun laws that allow the use of deadly force, Oklahoma lawmakers want to expand an individual’s ability to openly carry a gun in public.

“I don’t think that the laws that we have on the books here in Oklahoma or the laws that we’re considering really have any connection with the event that happened in Florida,” said House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee.
 

FL: Yelling in background of 911 call wasn't Zimmerman
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the teenager was shot?

An expert in the field of forensic voice identification sought to answer that question by analyzing the recordings for the Orlando Sentinel.

His result: It was not George Zimmerman who called for help.
 

FL: A fine line keeps Jacksonville teen jailed despite 'Stand Your Ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As State Attorney Angela Corey begins her investigation into the death of Sanford teenager Trayvon Martin amid the furor that has arisen over the “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows using deadly force instead of retreating, one longstanding case is working its way through the courts in Jacksonville.

The case of Quintavis Seay is among the one or two that come up monthly in the circuit, according to Corey’s office.

Seay has been in the Duval County jail since December 2009, charged with second-degree murder after shooting at three brothers who jumped him and a friend in retaliation for an earlier fight. One of the brothers, 20-year-old Jeremy Ervin Godboldt, was killed.
 

Biden on Trayvon: Let's Crack Down on Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The problem, of course, was not the gun laws in Florida. If Zimmerman shot in self-defense and is not prosecuted, the gun laws saved his life; if Zimmerman shot without proper provocation, he violated the relevant Florida gun laws. The law itself isn’t to blame, any more than insider trading laws are to blame when somebody violates them.

Beyond that, Biden’s bizarre notion that concealing and carrying guns doesn’t provide additional security is plainly nonsensical.
 

TX: Texas lawyers offer $10,000 for George Zimmerman's legal defense
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The National Association for Legal Gun Defense wants to contribute $10,000 toward George Zimmerman's legal expenses, a member said today.

The group represents gun owners involved in self-defense shooting cases, said attorney Blue Rannefeld of Fort Worth, Texas.

Rannefeld said he has not been able to contact Zimmerman, 28, and is trying to reach Zimmerman's attorney, Craig Sonner of Altamonte Springs to make the group's offer of assistance.

Zimmerman's shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 in Sanford remains under investigation.
 

FL: Old photos may be deceptive in Fla. shooting case; experts warn against rush to judgment
Submitted by: Anonymous

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When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn’t the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot.
Both photos are a few years old and no longer entirely accurate. Yet they may have helped shape initial public perceptions of the deadly shooting.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: An example of how the media manipulate the public.
 

TX: National Association for Legal Gun Defense Offers Money to Defend George Zimmerman
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The National Association for Legal Gun Defense wants to contribute $10,000 toward George Zimmerman's legal expenses, said member and attorney Blue Rannefeld of Fort Worth, Texas. The group represents gun owners involved in self-defense shooting cases. However, Rannefeld has not been able to contact Zimmerman, and is trying to reach Zimmerman's attorney, Craig Sonner of Altamonte Springs, Florida, to make the group's offer of assistance. Zimmerman's shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida, remains under investigation.
 

NBC Investigates Misleading Editing of George Zimmerman 911 Call
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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Erik Wemple (The Washington Post) reports: NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the “Today” show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin. A statement from NBC: “We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.” Here’s what appears to be the Today show’s version of what Zimmerman said: Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
 

KY: Man is arrested for possessing dozens of guns
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Officials with the Knox County Sheriff's Office say they arrested 65 year old Glenn Powell after they found 68 guns and an artillery simulator that was wired in his home.
 

NY ending state ballistics ID system for feds’
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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New York officials plan to end the state’s decade-old ballistic identification system and use that funding for crime labs to connect better to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.
 

NY: State should forget proposed microstamp law
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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Microstamping — the process by which tiny numbers are etched in firing pins of guns to help in criminal investigations — has been shot down as part of this year’s state budget — and rightfully so. It’s a lame proposal, and such a law should never see the light of day. Write legislators and tell them so.
 

NY: Rare Victories for Gun Owners in New York
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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New York gun owners finally have something to celebrate -- a rare double victory in the Empire State. The New York state budget was signed today by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and it eliminated CoBIS, the costly state ballistic identification database that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars while failing to solve a single crime. The final budget bill also struck a microstamping provision that had been included in an earlier Assembly version of the state budget. After the state Assembly passed microstamping earlier this session, the Senate Codes Committee moved S675C, by state Senator Jose Peralta (D-13), to the Senate Rules Committee, making it unlikely a hearing would be held on it this session.
 

MSNBC Fixes False Report Which Made Zimmerman Look Racist, Doesn't Acknowledge Error
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Following in line with their broadcast television colleagues who deliberately edited the audio of a 9-1-1 call of George Zimmerman, the Florida community watch volunteer who shot teenager Trayvon Martin, to falsely impute racist motives to him, MSNBC.com, in an unbylined piece did the exact same thing in text form, stripping out vital information which made Zimmerman appear to be racially motivated against Martin, who is black.
After being criticized, MSNBC.com restored the proper context but never posted a retraction, correction notice, or an apology for doing so.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: And the media wonder why no one trusts them.
 

GA: Georgia Lawmakers Fail to Protect Gun Rights
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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Late last night, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned and with that, the door of opportunity to pass substantial pro-gun reforms was slammed shut. The potential for pro-gun legislation to pass in both chambers of the state legislature was very real and likely for this legislative session. But, due to the serious distrust between the members of both legislative bodies towards its opposite (despite being of the same political party) gun owners will now need to wait until next year for legislative efforts to protect and restore our Second Amendment rights.
 

KY: Man arrested after bomb squad, ATF called to Knox Co. home
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One man sits in jail for the second night after a bomb squad was called to his house Wednesday in Knox County. Police said what they found in his home could have caused lots of destruction.
The Kentucky State Police bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, ATF, were called to a home in Knox County after several complaints of an obscene sign near the road.
"Of course everyone is passing by and seeing the sign there, it is obscene, rude," said Claude Hudson, Jr. a Knox County Sheriff's Deputy.
Hudson said the sign turned out to be just the beginning.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: They only intended to trash the First Amendment but then caught a lucky break and were also able to trash the Second.
 

NJ: Cop accused of death threat
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A township police sergeant has been suspended on charges he threatened to kill a man who had filed earlier complaints against him.
Sergeant Joseph McNally, 40, was suspended without pay Thursday after a Winslow Municipal Court Judge made a ruling of probable cause in two complaints filed against McNally for harassment and making terroristic threats, according to Waterford Township Police Lt. Dan Cormaney. The charges will now be reviewed by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, according to McNally’s attorney. ...
The complaint alleges McNally continued to harass Miller, with whom he has had past run-ins , and at one point told Miller; “Let’s go out back and I will beat you to death.”
 

Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool
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Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.
 

NJ: Ruling is for gun activist
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An appeals court on Friday overturned two convictions for a Mount Laurel man whose imprisonment for alleged weapons offenses outraged gun-rights advocates.
Brian Aitken served almost four months in state prison before Gov. Chris Christie commuted his sentence in December 2010. His release came after more than 15,000 people expressed support on a Facebook page that demanded Aitken's freedom.
 

NJ: N.J. high court tosses gun charges
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A man who bought guns legally in Colorado - but was arrested and slapped with a seven-year prison sentence for not having a permit to carry them [THEY WERE LOCKED IN THE TRUNK OF HIS CAR!] in New Jersey - had two of the three charges filed against him overturned by the state Supreme Court on Friday.
Brian Aitken was arrested on Jan. 2, 2009 after he angrily left his mother's house in Mount Laurel, N.J., and she called police, fearing that her son was suicidal after his ex-wife canceled his visitation session with their son, according to court documents.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Thanks, Evan Nappen!
 

KY: Same bullet kills two men
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A late night get-to-together at a home on Sally's Branch Rd. east of London took a terrible turn in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Police say Kevin McElrath, 25, was cleaning a .45 caliber pistol when it accidently went off.
"The victim thought the weapon was unloaded because he took the magazine out of the pistol and it accidently discharged," said Gilbert Acciardo, a spokesman with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.
That bullet hit McElrath in the head, killing him. But the bullet kept going…and struck 22 year old Eric Partain also in the head. He was airlifted to UK hospital in Lexington where he died Thursday afternoon according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
 

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